INDIA WILL strongly push for joint efforts to tackle terrorism, including seeking action against countries providing safe havens and arms to terrorists, at the BRICS summit this month. New Delhi will also make efforts to revive the seven-nation regional bloc BIMSTEC next week in Goa.
Apart from the heads of governments of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa who will attend the BRICS Summit on October 16, India has also received the consent of Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (state counsellor) for the outreach meet of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
Secretary (Economic Relations), External Affairs Ministry, Amar Sinha said, “Agenda is drawn in a broad-brush manner. We will look at global economic and political situation. Obviously terrorism is (a) very important part of that.”
He said although the issue of China extending technical hold on India’s move to get Jaish- e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated a terrorist by the United Nations will not be taken up at BRICS since it was a bilateral issue, and India does not want to bring such issues to multilateral forums, Sinha asserted that general principles pertaining to terrorism will be taken up forcefully. This, he said, will include “terrorism, which is a global problem”.
Sinha said, “It (terrorism) cannot be tackled individually; it has to be tackled collectively. We cannot have a differential policy towards terrorism. There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist… these are issues on which there will be reiteration of national positions.”
He also said, “There would be very strong paragraphs (in BRICS outcome document) on terrorism, including how to deal with countries that provide sanctuaries and safe havens, how to cut down the financing (etc).
“At the NSA-level meet, we have also actually shifted the goalpost a little by talking about not only sources of finances but also sources from where they (terrorists) get arms and ammunition. These will be reflected in the BRICS discussions.”